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Smith agrees to 7-year deal worth $1.8M annually

Updated: March 25, 2007, 12:17 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi found out six weeks ago that Tubby Smith was willing to leave Kentucky and come to Minnesota, Maturi told ESPN.com late Thursday night, the eve of the Golden Gophers' news conference to introduce their new men's basketball coach.

Maturi said Smith agreed to a seven-year deal worth $1.8 million annually, and the coach met with Gophers players Thursday night as well as academic counselors. Maturi said Smith wanted to know about the team's GPA, graduation ...

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